Date
18 January 2017
Banners bearing the message "Say no to fake universal suffrage" were put up by pro-democracy groups in several districts in Hong Kong early Monday. Photos: Facebook, Apple Daily
Banners bearing the message "Say no to fake universal suffrage" were put up by pro-democracy groups in several districts in Hong Kong early Monday. Photos: Facebook, Apple Daily

Civil servant group to campaign for political reform bill veto

Civil Servants for Umbrella Movement, a pro-democracy group made up of incumbent and retired civil servants in Hong Kong, plans to launch a signature campaign this week to call on pan-democratic legislators to veto the government’s political reform bill, Ming Pao Daily reported.

Claiming that senior officials in the government had already broken the principle of maintaining a neutral stance, a representative of the group said they are determined to express their opposition to the electoral reform plan despite the risk that they could face some retribution after the Legco vote.

Unless they step forward and express their opinions, civil servants will be used as political tools by the government, said the representative, who expects more than 1,000 people serving in the government to participate in the signature campaign.

Meanwhile, lawmaker Tony Tse, who represents the architecture, surveying and planning functional constituency, said a survey conductedby him has shown that 49.9 percent of the respondents supported the political reform plan, while 45.8 percent opposed.

More than 3,000 members of four societies, namely the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects, the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors, and the Hong Kong Institute of Planners, were interviewed between May 19 and June 3 for the survey.

Tse said he will decide whether to vote for or against the reform plan only after he gathers opinions from various groups within society.

Charles Mok, a lawmaker representing the information technology sector, said on Monday that it is generally believed that the government’s proposal will be vetoed by the Legco on June 17.

Mok, who had a meeting with Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, reiterated his stance to veto the bill.

His fellow legislator Kenneth Leung Kai-cheong, who represents the accountancy functional constituency, also said that he will veto the reform plan no matter what the results will be Wednesday from an opinion poll conducted on accounting professionals.

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